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Matthew Galati Esq.

Senior Associate
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Philadelphia
1524 Delancey Street, 4th Floor Philadelphia PA 19102 US

Matthew T. Galati is a Senior Associate in the Firm’s Philadelphia Office. Matt leads the Firm’s U.S. Investors and Entrepreneurs Division, dedicated to representing individuals and companies seeking use of foreign investment in the immigration context. He has experience with nearly every aspect of immigration law and focuses the majority of his practice on EB-5-related matters. Matt has handled the preparation of hundreds of Form I-526 and Form I-829 petitions, as well as regularly advising U.S. companies utilizing the program. Further, Matt has creatively utilized other visa classifications in order to secure immigration benefits for his entrepreneurial clientele.

He also regularly advises companies in the corporate context, with a focus on immigration compliance. Matt’s previous representations have included representing clients before immigration court, in appellate proceedings, and most notably as counsel pro hac vice in the seminal EB-4 Religious Minister case Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Beers, No. 11-4491 (D.N.J. Sept. 16, 2013).

Matt has been a panelist and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations across the country and around the world, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, EB-5 Diligence, NES Capital, The Investment Migration Summit, and in various investor roadshows and migration agent trainings. Matt is a frequent author with dozens of publications in the industry, including in EB-5 Investors Magazine, The Legal Intelligencer, and The National Law Review, amongst others. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on the Philadelphia chapter’s Executive Committee as its Vice Secretary. Notably, Matthew has been listed as one of SuperLawyers Rising Stars from 2016-2018 in the field of business immigration.

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2010
  • University of Virginia, BA, 2007

Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar, 2011
  • Virginia Bar, 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Philadelphia Chapter, Executive Committee - Treasurer

 

Awards

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2016-2018
  • Listed, EB-5 Investors Magazine, "Top 5 Rising Stars", 2017

Blogs

Jun 12, 2018

Matthew Galati Selected to AILA Leadership Positions

Green and Spiegel Senior Associate attorney Matthew Galati was recently selected to American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) l...

Jun 11, 2018

Shocking Report: India EB-2 Backlog Calculated to be 151 Years

On June 8, author David Bier of the Cato Institute published a sobering analysis of the employment-based Green Card backlogs for India-born benefic...

Jun 06, 2018

June 19: Join Us for Our Webinar With Pathways EB-5

On June 19 at Noon EST, Green and Spiegel will host an EB-5 Webinar with Pathways EB-5, a company owning regional centers coast to coast. Click her...

May 18, 2018

Associated Press: Form I-9 Audits Surge, ICE Mulls Creation of Employer Compliance Inspection Center

This week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has opened 2,282 audits between October 1 and May 4, 2...

May 18, 2018

Green and Spiegel Attorneys Recognized in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

Green and Spiegel is pleased to announce Practice Director Jonathan Grode and Senior Associate Matthew Galati have been named to the Pennsylvania&n...

May 14, 2018

USCIS Reverses Unlawful Presence Policy, Risking Draconian Consequences for Students, Exchange Visitors, and their Families

On May 11, 2018, USCIS announced a stunning and unexpected reversal of decades of immigration policy, stating via a Draft Policy Memorandum that th...

Apr 11, 2018

ICE Continues Pressure on American Businesses with Its Largest Worksite Raid Since Bush Administration

On April 5, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a worksite raid on Southeastern Provision, a meatpacking plant located in rural Bean Stat...

Feb 28, 2018

ICE Heavily Targeted California Businesses in February

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appears to be making good on its Director’s promise to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement a...

Jan 25, 2018

MATTHEW GALATI QUOTED IN BLOOMBERG BNA ARTICLE ON E-VERIFY, EB-5 EFFECTS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

On January 22, 2018, Senior Associate Matthew Galati was quoted in  “E-Verify Loses Reauthorization Amid Government Shutdown,&rsquo...

Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-Day Extension: E-Verify and Additional Programs Revived, Government to Reopen

This weekend’s government shutdown and lapse in several immigration programs proved to be relatively short lived. Early this aftern...

Jan 19, 2018

Shutdown Watch: Programs and Processes to be Affected

At midnight on Jan. 20, 2018, the U.S. government will run out of funding, forcing a shutdown of many of its non-essential services. This according...

Jan 10, 2018

Breaking News: ICE Launches Worksite Raid Against Ninety-Eight 7-Eleven Stores

As reported by the Washington Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a pre-dawn raid on January 10, targeting 98 7-Eleven Stores ...

Oct 18, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Blocked Nationwide (Again)

Two District Courts have halted the third iteration of the Travel Ban, which was set to go into effect today. In a 91-page opinion issued this mor...

Oct 18, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Blocked Nationwide (Again)

Two District Courts have halted the third iteration of the Travel Ban, which was set to go into effect today. In a 91-page opinion issued this mor...

Oct 03, 2017

Employer Alert: All H-1B Premium Processing Now Resumed

October 3, 2017- Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that is has resumed premium processing for all H-1B extension of stay petitions, thereby enabling petitioners in all circumstances to utilize premium processing for their H-1B employees. Whether filing a new H-1B or seeking to upgrade a pending Petition, Premium Processing and its 15-day money-back-guarantee has been fully reinstated for all types of H-1B Petitions.

Sep 26, 2017

Trump Administration Announces Third Iteration of Travel Ban; Supreme Court Cancels Oral Argument

Over the weekend, the Trump Administration announced its third version of a travel ban against nationals of eight nations, adding three new countries to the list for the first time. Unlike previous bans, the travel restrictions are mostly indefinite in duration. The new restrictions prompted the Supreme Court to cancel upcoming

Sep 15, 2017

REMINDER: EMPLOYERS MUST USE NEW I-9 EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORM AS OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Starting Monday, September 18, USCIS will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification. As of this date, all employers must begin using the latest edition (edition date (7/17/2017) for all new-hire verifications. The new Form I-9 is available on the USCIS website. The revisions to the form were largely technical in nature. The specific modifications to Form I-9 have been documented in greater detail in a post we published on July 21. Contact Green and Spiegel today if you have any questions or concerns relating to Form I-9 or your company’s employment verification processes.

Jul 21, 2017

Attention Employers: USCIS Released New Form I-9, Use Mandatory as of Sept. 18, 2017

This week, USCIS issued a new Form I-9 (edition date: 7/17/2017) that all employers must begin using for new-hire verifications starting on or afte...

May 24, 2017

GREEN AND SPIEGEL ATTORNEYS, JONATHAN GRODE AND MATTHEW GALATI NAMED 2017-2018 RISING STARS FOR BUSINESS IMMIGRATION

Super Lawyers Magazine has selected U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode and Senior Associate Matthew Galati to the 2017-...

Jan 04, 2017

The Israeli E-2 Visa is Finally Moving Forward

An important new source for foreign investment immigration is now about to take hold. News broke in the New Year that the Israeli government will f...

Nov 16, 2016

USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-9; New Version Mandatory Effective Jan. 22, 2017

USCIS published a new version of Form I-9 (11/14/2006 ed.), which includes new features for users completing the form on a computer. Empl...

Sep 26, 2016

Diversity Visa Application Period Set to Open October 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of State has published in the federal register (81 FR 63841, 9/16/16) that the FY 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa program will be...

Aug 26, 2016

Visa Backlog and Redeployment: Important issues for Investors and Agents

Senior Associate Attorney Matthew T. Galati co-authored “Visa Backlog and Redeployment: Important issues for Investors and Agents,” pub...

Aug 26, 2016

GAMECHANGER: USCIS Publishes Advance Version of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for International Entrepreneurs

Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an advance copy of their proposed new regulatory rule that would allow certain in...

Aug 22, 2016

U.S. Department of State Issues Final Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year; All Applicants Must Use “Final Action Dates” Charts for AOS Filing

Late last week the U.S. Department of State issued the Visa Bulletin for September 2016, the final visa bulletin of the fiscal year. The visa ...

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